They arranged for a shuttle to run from one of the local middle schools to the starting point and then from the ending point back to the school. This way it relieves parking issues at the start.
I took advantage of the offer because it can be such a mess, especially since they will not take us back to the starting point.
In the outer staging area I found some wonderful old cars. I have no idea about when they were made or when they came to Alaska but they were driven here.
Golden days refers to the finding of gold by Felix Pedro back in the early 1900's. Within two years of gold being discovered, Fairbanks was a complete city with power plant, stores, movie theaters, etc.
There was a fire around 1906 but citizens rebuilt the city shortly after and business was as usual by then.
This is a huge deal. This year they had to shorten the route because of construction on Nobel street so it finished a few blocks closer to the starting.
The photo to the right was taken in the other area so you can see the huge assembly area.
For the parade, the workers decked out in traditional German folk costumes. The music systems blasted out German drinking songs. I believe the trucks are actually of German manufacture.
This one is similar to the one posted out front of the facility at the main road so you can see where to turn but its much smaller. This float was further back in the line up.
Since I was in the parade, it was the only chance I had to check out other entries.
This year, it has a life vest and is promoting water safety. The school where I work takes kids out by boat to camp for a few days. Everyone must wear a life vest or they cannot go.
One year, the moose was covered in silver to advertise something.
There are even police stationed along the parade route with candy to share. Little ones love collecting candy and the police are not the only ones who pass out candy.
Tomorrow, I'll share a few more photos including some of the Fairbanks Community Band which I played with.
It was such a beautiful day. Until tomorrow. Have a good day and enjoy yourselves.